Mentoring

Mentoring changes lives

Working alongside partnership agencies such as Bolton Council’s Children’s Services, the Mentoring Project works with young people aged 8-21 years old, offering them support and guidance from a one-to-one mentor who helps them overcome issues they may be experiencing or a goal they would like to achieve, based on an individual action plan.

What makes our Mentoring Project unique, and award winning, is the fact that all mentors are volunteers who donate their spare time especially to work with our young people. This special factor is the key to our Mentoring Project as the mentees value their mentor volunteering their time to work personally with them for no other motivation than the simple reason they want to.

The volunteer mentors become positive role models for young people, giving them someone to talk to who will listen without judgement or criticism, whilst encouraging young people to experience new activities through safe and fun environments. Mentors provide advice and guidance, and work with the Mentoring Team to signpost to specialist agencies and partner organisations where appropriate.

Both the mentor and young person receive weekly contact, support and guidance from a dedicated mentoring coordinator, who also develops a strong relationship with the young person and their mentor, attending any professional meetings relevant to the young person.

The Mentoring Project works with any young person, including juniors, seniors, looked after children and care leavers.

Junior Mentoring

Junior Mentoring supports and nurtures children from 8-12 years old, a time in a child’s life that is crucial as they learn how to behave and develop from the example that is set for them.

Issues at this age can include lack of boundaries and routines in order to feel safe, family dynamics, struggling to understand their emotions and how to deal with them.

They cherish their mentors, and with positive reinforcement mentors help to build their confidence and resilience, which in turn helps the young person work towards their own personal goals.

For more information on Junior Mentoring please contact the team on 01204 540111 or e-mail Claire Stabler, the Club’s Mentoring Manager.

To make a referral for Junior Mentoring, please complete the Junior Mentoring Referral Form and return by post or e-mail.

Postal Returns should be sent to:

Claire Stabler
Mentoring Referrals
BOLTON LADS AND GIRLS CLUB
18 Spa Road
BOLTON
BL1 4AG

Senior Mentoring

Senior Mentoring targets young people aged 13-21 at a time in their life when some are experiencing a wide range of issues, from difficulties at home, emotional and mental health, school worries as well as more complex issues, which might include experimenting with alcohol or other substances, getting involved in antisocial behaviour,  at risk of sexual exploitation or those struggling to find their place in society.

At this vulnerable age, the one to one support from a volunteer mentor can help the young person make informed decisions and set realistic, achievable goals relating to their educational and personal development whilst improving their self-esteem and confidence. This is achieved progressively, through regularly meeting their mentor and taking part in activities that peek the interest of the young person. This sometimes includes trying new activities through the Club’s evening youth club, but often takes both mentor and mentee in new environments to try things that fit with the young person likes and dislikes, encouraging to build on their own strengths and abilities.

For more information on Senior Mentoring please contact the team on 01204 540111 or e-mail Claire Stabler, the Club’s Mentoring Manager.
To make a referral for Senior Mentoring, please complete the Senior Mentoring Referral Form  and return by post or e-mail.

Postal Returns should be sent to:

Claire Stabler
Mentoring Referrals
BOLTON LADS AND GIRLS CLUB
18 Spa Road
BOLTON
BL1 4AG

 

Looked After Children (LAC)

Looked After Children (LAC) mentoring supports those young people within the care of the local authority. This extremely vulnerable group, with historically lower than average outcomes and life chances, benefit significantly from the one to one support of a mentor.

LAC can have very complex needs, having been removed from their family environment they have experienced a significant level of trauma to begin with. LAC can feel a great sense of loss and separation; this could be within various aspects of their lives, school, home, family, friends, pets and even their own identity.

LAC are vulnerable to forming positive attachments with adults and peers throughout their lives due to their experiences. They can lack trust in adults. Consistency, stability and trust are prerequisites to any mentoring relationship. LAC can have a number of professionals involved with them at any one time, however, we have found that the fact their mentors are unpaid and meet with them because they want to spend time with them and have a genuine interest in their well-being speaks volumes to the young people and solidifies the relationship.

They share a special bond where mentors encourage LAC to raise their own aspirations for themselves and help them gain a sense of self-worth and self-belief to go on and do well.

For more information on LAC Mentoring please contact the team on 01204 540111 or e-mail Claire Stabler, the Club’s Mentoring Manager.

 

For more information on becoming a volunteer mentor, please contact Joanne Gavin on 01204 540100 or visit the volunteering pages of the website.